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Chinese state media describes US tech purge as ‘madness’

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Washington’s plan to ban certain technologies of Chinese origin is a sign of “madness” in US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, China’s state-backed tabloid Global Times wrote in an editorial on Thursday.

“Pompeo has uttered anti-China remarks almost every day, and constantly played tricks to intensify conflicts between China and the US, and display Trump administration’s toughness toward China,” the editorial read.

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The US state department on Wednesday published an expanded update of a plan called the “Clean Network” calling for telecommunications companies, cloud service providers and mobile apps of Chinese origin to be kept out of the US.

“From the long-term perspective, it’s incredible that the US information industry could totally detach from the Chinese market,” the Global Times wrote. “It would pose a severe test for US companies if US chips, software and terminal equipment become irrelevant to the Chinese market.”

If enacted, the plan would mark an escalation in the ongoing tech spat between the US and China. Washington has already banned Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies from building 5G networks in the US. It is also in the process of forcing a sale of TikTok, a popular social media app created by Beijing-based ByteDance to Microsoft

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